Felipe Garcia, Jr. | Diagnostic Imaging: Management Class of 2015
Felipe had a long-term goal in mind when he applied to the Management Track in the School of Health Professions (SHP) Diagnostic Imaging program. He was already a Certified Radiation Technologist working at the Kelsey Seybold Clinic in Houston, and he had chosen this specialty because it matched his long-term interest in imaging.
When he heard about the SHP program in Diagnostic Imaging (DI) with an emphasis on management, he applied and was accepted into the program. Felipe explains what motivated him:
“I wanted to learn as much as I could about leadership from recognized leaders in the field. I saw the DI Management track as a program that would provide me with skills that would enable me to continue to grow in the profession. I learned that leadership in imaging or any other arena is doing what is right as opposed to just completing the task, or only concentrating what needs to be done. For example, in direct patient interaction, adaptability and taking the time to understand the patients’ needs is the key to ensuring that they are comfortable and their needs are met.”
The Diagnostic Imaging Management classes are held in the early evening to enable participants to continue working in their profession during the day, and Felipe saw this schedule as opportunity to broaden his education. He used the daytime hours to add to his credentials by attending and completing a Computed Tomography (CT) certificate program at the Houston Community College Coleman Campus.
As part of their education, the DI Management Class of 2015 attended a four-day meeting of the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA). The students attended seminars on topics such as Resource Management and Health Care Leadership that provided them with a deeper understanding of the role of management and leadership in Diagnostic Imaging.
Felipe is currently applying to Officers Candidate School in the United States Army, with the goal of joining the Medical Service Corps and he credits the School of Health Professions for with preparing him for an active role in management in the field of Diagnostic Imaging.